Today's Holidays for December 25
Christmas Day Celebrating the birth of Christ.
Today's History Trivia for December 25
1776 American Revolution - Washington Crosses the Delaware George Washington makes his famous crossing of the Delaware for a surprise attack the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey the following morning. The attack was successful with Washington taking 1,000 prisoners and military stores as a result of the battle.
1492 Columbus Sinks the Santa Maria Columbus' ship sinks off the coast of Haiti. The previous night, while Columbus was sleeping the steersman decided to take a nap, leaving only a cabin boy to steer the ship; a practice forbidden by Columbus. The ship struck a sandbank incurring irreparable damages and sank.
1964 James Bond Goldfinger premiers in the U.S. It was 3rd in the James Bond series and starred Sean Connery as 007.
1868 Civil War Pres. Johnson grants amnesty to all those who participated in the war, including Jefferson Davis.
1760 First black in America to publish his own poetry Jupiter Hammon publishes An Evening Thought.
1758 Halley's Comet As predicted by Sir Edmund Halley, it arrives. This was the first time a comet's return had been accurately predicted.
800 Emperor Charlemagne is crowned at St. Peter's.
Today's Birthdays for December 25
1899 Humphrey Bogart d. 1957 (Humphrey DeForest Bogart), Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1943), and The African Queen (1952). According to legend, his upper lip was scarred and partially paralyzed while transporting a prison in the Navy during World War I. This is cause of his lisp.
1954 Annie Lennox Scottish singer, with the Eurythmics. Music: Sweet Dreams (1982, #1).
1949 Sissy Spacek (Mary Elizabeth Spacek), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Carrie (1976) and Coal Miner's Daughter (1979, Oscar).
1948 Barbara Mandrell American country singer. Music: Sleeping Single In a Double Bed (1977, #1). She was the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year (1979) and Entertainer of the Year (1980 and 1981).
1946 Larry Csonka American Football Hall-of-Famer, Super Bowl VIII MVP.
1946 Jimmy Buffet American singer, songwriter. Music: Margaritaville (1977) and Cheeseburger in Paradise (1978).
1945 Gary Sandy American actor. TV: Somerset (Randy Buchanan) and WKRP in Cincinnati (Andy Travis).
1937 O'Kelly Isley d. 1986 American Grammy-winning singer, with the Isley Brothers. Music: Twist and Shout (1962), This Old Heart of Mine (1966), and It's Your Thing (1970, Grammy).
(Noelie Dasouza Machado), Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model, editor, and television producer. She was the first non-white person to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine (1959, Harper’s Bazaar).
1924 Rod Serling d. 1975 (Rodman Edward Serling), American Emmy-winning writer. Film: Planet of the Apes (1968, writer). TV: The Twilight Zone (producer, creator, and host) and Night Gallery (host).
1918 Anwar as-Sadat d. 1981 Egyptian president (1970-81), Time magazine's Man of the Year (1977), and co-winner of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize (with Menachem Begin).
1907 Cab Calloway d. 1994 (Cabell Calloway III), American singer, bandleader, actor. His orchestra was one of the leading bands of the 1930s and '40s. Music: Minnie the Moocher (the first million-selling jazz record).
1889 Lila Bell Acheson Wallace d. 1984 American publisher. She and her husband DeWitt founded Reader's Digest (1921). It obtained the largest magazine circulation in the world.
1887 Conrad Hilton d. 1979 American hotel executive. He bought his first hotel in Texas in 1919.
1876 Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah d. 1948 Indian statesman, founder and first governor (1947-48) of Pakistan.
1821 Clara Barton d. 1912 American nurse, philanthropist, Mother of the Red Cross. Known as the "Angel of the Battlefield," she helped organize and was the first president of the American Red Cross Society (1881).
1717 Pius VI d. 1799 Italian religious leader, 250th Pope (1775-99). He was imprisoned (1798) by Bonaparte, where he died.
Deaths for December 25
2016 Vera Rubin b. 1928 American astronomer. Her discovery of the "galaxy rotation problem" contributed to the theory of dark matter. The galaxy rotation problem states that galaxies are rotating so fast that if the only the gravity of their stars was holding them together, they should fly apart. But since they aren't, a huge amount of unseen mass must be holding them together, thus the concept of dark matter was used to explain this phenomenon. In fact, Rubin's calculations showed that galaxies must contain at least ten times as much dark mass as can be accounted for by the visible stars.
2016 George Michael b. 1963 (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou), British singer, with Wham!. He was named the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. Music: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984 #1) and I Want Your Sex (1987).
2008 Eartha Kitt b. 1927 American singer, actress. Born out of wedlock, she was given away as baby. TV: Batman (1966, Catwoman). Music: The Christmas novelty Santa Baby (1953 - Eartha died on Christmas Day 2008).
2006 James Brown b. 1933 American soul singer, "The Godfather of Soul." Music: I Feel Good (1965) and Living in America (1986).
2005 Birgit Nilsson b. 1918 (Birgit Märta Svensson), Swedish soprano, famed for her roles in Brunnhilde, Salome, and Elektra.
1997 Denver Pyle b. 1920 American actor. TV: The Dukes of Hazzard (Uncle Jesse) and The Doris Day Show (1968-70, Buck Webb - Doris Day's Father).
1996 JonBenét Patricia Ramsey b. 1990 American child beauty pageant queen, murder victim. Her murder in her Boulder, Colorado home drew national attention.
1995 Dean Martin b. 1917 (Dino Paul Crocetti), American singer, actor, partner of Jerry Lewis. He boxed professionally under the name "Kid Crochet."
1989 Billy Martin b. 1928 (Alfred Manuel Pesano, Jr.), American baseball manager of the New York Yankees.
1979 Lee Bowman b. 1914 American actor. TV: Ellery Queen (title role).
1973 Ismet Inönü b. 1884 Turkish statesman and its first prime minister (1923-37) and second president (1938-50).
1952 Dinty Moore b. 1869 (James H. Moore), American restaurateur, known as the "Corned Beef and Cabbage King."
1946 W.C. Fields b. 1880 (William Claude Dukenfield), American actor. Film: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) and My Little Chickadee (1940). Quote: "A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for" and " 'Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her."
1868 Linus Yale, Jr b. 1821 American inventor. He invented the cylinder lock (1861), an improvement on the tumbler locks invented by his father.
1553 Pedro de Valdivia b. 1497 Spanish conquistador and first Governor of Chile, founder of Santiago, Concepción, and Valdivia. He was killed during a campaign against the Araucanian Indians. Legend has it that the Araucanians captured and executed him by pouring molten gold down his throat to satisfy his thirst for treasures.
795 Adrian I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 95th Pope (772-795).